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The Council’s vision is to improve government mission achievement and increase the benefits to the Nation through improvement in the management, use, protection, dissemination, and generation of data in government decision-making and operations.

What is a Chief Data Officer

While there are many roles in the Federal Government that relate to data management, Chief Data Officers (CDOs) have emerged to lead organizational development of processes to leverage the power of data. CDOs enable data driven decision-making in a variety of ways, from providing and leveraging centralized agency analytics capacity to creating tools and platforms that enable self-service across their agencies and for the public. CDOs serve in a central leadership position, with visibility into relevant agency operations, and are positioned highly enough to regularly engage with other agency leadership,including the head of the agency.

Working Groups and Committees

The CDO Council has a number of high-level working groups and committees, which reflect the interests and activities of the Council. The initial list below is expected to grow as the council develops and will evolve as the needs of the CDO community change.

Community News

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2024 CDO Council Award Winners

The CDO Council Awards Program returned for a third year since its inception and continues to successfully spotlight and honor the outstanding work and achievements of individuals and teams throughout the Federal Government who are excelling in the data field. Learn more about this year’s award recipients.

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Welcome to the CDO Council’s Newest Executive Committee Members

As we embrace the dawn of a new year, we are thrilled to usher in a wave of change and innovation within our community.

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CDO Council 2023 Review

2023 marked a maturation in the CDO Council’s activities! Check out the Year-In-Review message from its former Chair, Ted Kaouk and former Vice Chair, Dan Morgan.

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Unlocking the Power of Enterprise Analytics: The Pivotal Role of Federal Chief Data Officers

Delve into the transformative capabilities of CDOs, examining case studies from the USDA and the Department of State to uncover success factors in implementing enterprise analytics within their respective agencies.

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Navigating the Metrics Maze: Lessons from Diverse Domains for Federal Chief Data Officers

As a new role in government, attributing value can be challenging. This paper offers an approach to how CDOs measure and communicate the impact of the role within Agencies.

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2023 CDO Council Survey Results

The results of the 2023 CDO Council Survey are in! This year the survey explored Agency CDO roles, responsibilities, and available resources. Additionally, this year's survey introduced a section dedicated to the implementation and integration of Enterprise Analytics across the Federal Government.

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Profiles in Data Sharing - National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise

The Federal CDO Council’s Data Sharing Working Group highlights successful data sharing activities to recognize mature data sharing practices as well as to incentivize and inspire others to take part in similar collaborations.

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Unstructured Data Episode 7: Opportunities with AI

On this episode, Ted talks with Dr. Gil Alterovitz, the Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Director of the VA’s National Artificial Intelligence Institute. As a leader in AI, Gil explains how data is the key, to be successful in developing and implementing an AI strategy.


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